|Barked: Fri Aug 13, '10 1:37pm PST |
|Moro lives for the bicycle!
Since she is a timid dog (or was at the time)we start by clicking and treating her for being near the bicycle and walking beside it, voluntarily, in our yard (no leash). We then moved to Moro on her bungee line attached to the bike, me walking the bike with lots of clicking and treating. We quickly came up with a basic vocabulary for left, right, slow, stop, and fast. Once I started riding the bike there was no need for treating anymore as the chance to run was far and away the best reward- but those first stages helped us establish what the ques meant and not to fear the sounds of the bike.
I don't use any shock absorbing devices, like a springer, anymore although when we first started I used a homemade one. If you have a dog that's liable to pull towards a distraction they are a great idea. Right now I use a short bungee line anchored to the bike. Since Moro runs on the left of the bike we use a padded carting harness that can take a line clipped on the side.
If I let Moro run full tilt without the ad of me peddling much, and using my heavy framed cruiser bike, she's toast in about 15 minutes. However if we pass ourselves, and it's not too hot, she can go on full day trips with me on the bike.
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